We've just returned home from our stay at 'The Mas' and we're still giddy from our experience.
Upon our arrival, we immediately felt welcome to this beautiful and thoughtfully restored home. It is a rural treasure that belies the cultural sophistication of its hosts.
The shimmering pool anchors the house and beckons you to explore the gardens which can be seen from every room. The view from each window is quintessential Provence: fruit orchard, rose garden, tall hedgerows, garden terrace with pot after flowering pot and fields beyond.
Our room was spacious, immaculately clean, well lit and shared a view of the gardens and pool. The adjoining private bath was also immaculate with a large sink and deep soaking tub - dare I say it?... large enough for two!
The furnishings in our room were well cared for and comfortable. The bed linens were crisp and the pillows, lightly scented with lavender, plentiful. Two sitting chairs, a beautiful drop front desk, commodious wardrobe and two bedside tables with their art glass lamps at the ready for that late evening read - all confirmed this room to be just right for us.
Because of its location, 'The Mas' enjoys a view of the Provence night sky unimpeded by intrusive light pollution. For us city-dwellers, that's a treat! While in bed, we enjoyed a view of a swirling starry sky much in the spirit of Van Gogh and the gentle breeze that rustled through the courtyard trees made for a comfortable August night's sleep without the need for air conditioning.
Our hosts were calm, kind and ever-ready to share their knowledge of the area and the 'must-see' sights. Breakfast with them and the other guests was on the order of a Salon, where ideas and thoughts of the day were shared along with Ike's now infamous breakfast offerings of baked goods, fresh juice, fruit and homemade confitures.
'The Mas' is a joy for the senses with a peaceful energy that can only come from the warmth and hospitality of its hosts. There is plenty of both at 'The Mas'.
In all, this was the nearest heaven one can experience.
Our only regret is that we were unable to stay longer.
- Also Known As:
- Mas Du Petit Grava Hotel Arles